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MassDEP reviews requests to withdraw water over 100,000 gallons per day annually, from watersheds to ensure that new withdrawals will not negatively impact water resources or existing users.
You must apply for this permit if you plan to withdraw water from ground or surface sources in excess of an annual average of 100,000 gallons per day or 9 million gallons in any 3-month period. Users typically requiring a permit include:
See details in Step 5, below.
Guidance on how to prepare your application, including a completeness checklist. The document entitled "Application Required for Obtaining a Water Management Act Permit" is a detailed guide to the forms required for a Water Management Act Permit.
You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word forms on your computer. The PDF versions have to be printed out and completed by hand.
A unique Transmittal Number is needed for each application you submit to MassDEP.
See page 8 of the fee schedule below.
Submit your application fee payment and a copy of your transmittal form to:
Department of Environmental Protection
PO Box 4062
Boston, MA 02211
Submit your completed application package and original transmittal form to the Water Management Act Program in the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office (see listing below).
The Water Management Act Permit Guidance services as a companion to the Water Management Act Regulations (310 CMR 36.00). The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how MassDEP implements the Water Management Act Regulations through the permitting process.